Have a job?

@dawnald (84129)
Shingle Springs, California
September 15, 2012 10:07pm CST
No, I don't. But I"m looking for one. And I'm applying and interviewing, and count myself fortunate that I'm even getting interviews. Some people don't even get called. I'm thinking of taking some training courses to beef up my experience. And I'm working on interviewing skills. That's my weakness. How do you portray enthusiasm for things that you're uncomfortable with? In my case, it's talking about myself. I can do the technical stuff, talk about projects I was on and such, but when we get to "tell us why we should hire you" and "talk about your strengths and weaknesses", that's where I have trouble. How do you deal with those questions?
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
16 Sep 12
Honestly. It helps if you honestly know where you stand. The Why should I hire you, is them asking what you can do for the company, or for your reason for working. A good one would be to help provide better for your children, because then they see you in the 8-15 year range. For a lot of companies, that is good, for others not so much. As for the Strengths and Weaknesses, get together with a few of your friends and relatives, and others that know you well, and ask them for their honest opinion, and if you can get a copy of think and grow rich, most libraries, and I know a few places online that it is free, he has a great list of "yearly review" questions that can help you to understand yourself a lot better...then you just have to figure out how to put into words that your prospective employers want to hear. Sincerely and With Appreciation.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
I wouldn't have thought to mention the children, because I'd think they'd take it as "she's just here for a paycheck". What I can do for them is more likely to work, I think. I have a list of strengths and weaknesses, but I get to an interview and most of them go right out of my head. I am going to practice in front of the mirror and with a friend though.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
17 Sep 12
My boss just hired a guy for the dish area at work, mostly because he answered Why should I hire you? with, so I can buy Christmas presents for my grand kids. I can see where you are coming from though.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
I think that might work better for a small business owner than a large corporation. Not sure...
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@tech40 (7989)
• Philippines
16 Sep 12
Same here., I dont have a job yet, and i'm still dependent to my parents., but I'm doing something just to earn and help them for my daily needs like doing myLot, it gives me enough money to survive in life,so far i'm not yet getting any payments by MyLot but maybe next month i'll have
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Sep 12
Well if you can make it to the minimum, they do pay reliably.
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@tech40 (7989)
• Philippines
16 Sep 12
is there way to earn $10 faster?, i've been post and response almost 34+ topics but I guess I only earned is 0.30+
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
16 Sep 12
Try to be active as far as possible, get some good referrals, and also try to pay quality discussions and most probably you will reach payout even before you notice it.
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• United States
16 Sep 12
Ive also been lucky enough to get called in for interviews but not lucky enough to get a job offer yet. When it comes to answering those kinds of question, even if I had something planned to say when they asked me that, I say whatever comes to mind at that moment.I can never be fully prepared and confident for those kinds of things even if I know im more than capable of doing that job
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Practice makes perfect, so they tell me.
@celticeagle (113100)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Sep 12
Job hunting and interviewing have got to be the most awful things to do. I was just talking to my granddaughter about interviewing. I told her to be sure keep could eye contact and not to talk too much about her family. I remember not getting a job and being told it was because I had talked so much about my family they were afraid I would take too much time off to take care of my family. I think less is more when it comes to interviewing. "tell us why we should hire you"? I take three positive points about myself and tell them those. "talk about your strengths and weaknesses"? What do you like most about a given job and what do you like best about it? Work around those.
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Less is more when it comes to personal details anyway. When it comes to work examples, being too brief can be a problem, I think.
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@celticeagle (113100)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Sep 12
I think you want to give short and concise answers to their questions and not run on alot. Show them how you are going to be in the job in the interview. If you see what I mean.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
To a point, but some things they really want details
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
16 Sep 12
I hate those questions! I think that's probably why all the jobs I've had (including the one I have now) are jobs I've got without having been interviewed first. I think I normally end up talking too much or saying lot of weird things. I like talking, I also like talking about myself but I'm not good at the "I'm fantastic at this" stuff. And very bad at the "mention some of your bad sides". Very, very bad at that actually. I mean, what are you going to say? Apparantly, it used to be normal to say "I smoke, but I'm trying to quit". So I should go for "I drink coke, but I'm planning to quit", as just "I drink, but I'm planning to quit" would be a very bad idea methinks ... .-)
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Where does one get a job without an interview?
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@Hatley (155063)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Sep 12
nurses aide jobs as they are always so short of help; and in libraries they are shortof pages but the pay is not all that great for someone supporting their children.
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@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
17 Sep 12
You definitly get a scholarship for a PhD without an interview :-) At least here. Maybe because they already knew me. I'm currenlty working as a teacher, talked with someone on the phone but nothing more. Talked with someone one the phone for my first job as a teacher too, but that was only 6 weeks substitute teaching. Other jobs I've had have been summerjobs etc, but no interviews there either.
@katsmeow1213 (28707)
• United States
16 Sep 12
I have no problem listing my strengths like hard working, dependable, team player, able to work under pressure, strive in fast paced environments.. etc. At my last interview I was asked if I had practiced that speel, which actually I didn't because those are true of me. My problem is coming up with weaknesses that don't look too bad to a potential employer. I have weaknesses and I know what they are. I have trouble slowing myself down so my work is quick but sloppy. I don't take criticism very well. I get down on myself too easily. And when things aren't going well I often think of just giving up. How would you say any of these to a potential employer and still manage to get the job? I think the weakness I've used most in the past is that I'm too talkative. It doesn't often interfere with my own work, but I did once have a manager tell me that my yammering was interfering with others getting their work done.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Yeah, hm, I'm a total pig and a procrastinator at home, but never at work. lol
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@Hatley (155063)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Sep 12
dawn there youo go those are some strengths and I bet you are not too talkitive either,.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Which, the pig or the procrastinator?
@KrauseHome (32872)
• United States
16 Sep 12
I am one of the lucky ones and been with my job now for over 6 yrs. There are many times and days I really wish that I was working somewhere else but with the economy being the way it is, I know I am best staying where I am at, until I can get things together to get my business running successful.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Mine was 11 years, oh well.
@Hatley (155063)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Sep 12
hi dawn 11 years and they let you go? why? is here any chance they could hire y u back?or at least give you a boostby writing a reicommendation for you?
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
They might hire me back, but then I"ll have to give them some of the severance back. Yeah, my boss (he got laid off too) will give me a recommendation.
@sswallace21 (1824)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Tell them why you would be an asset for them. Exp. Quick learner, finish all tasks in a timely manner, willing to take on extra tasks when needed. Customer oriented. Strengrh/weakness is harder until you realize what they are. I found out my strength is also my weakness because I'm a perfectionist. Yes a great asset to have. However, if you really think about it nothing is ever good enough. Then to top it off I expect others to be perfectionist as well. Well that is just not the case. Most people do as little as possible and the rest of us pick up the slack. BOTTOM LINE YOU NEED TO SELL YOURSELF!!! Why are you better then the other guy. Good luck on the job hunt. I know it's not easy out there, but you can do it.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Job coach says don't sell, just tell the truth. Then again, who says the two are mutually exclusive.
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• United States
17 Sep 12
lol, I would stick to selling your skills. Why u stand out.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Will work on it, not good at that.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
16 Sep 12
It is hard to buff myself up when I am more of a laid back let others have the attention kind of person. My ex sold insurance and they told him to stand in front of the mirror every morning and tell himself how good he is! I think you have to look at your good points and go at it like a salesman. I can do that as I do alot of selling but myself I sometimes sell short.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
That's me too, and that's what the job coach told me.
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• United States
17 Sep 12
I think we all do that.
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@vandana7 (56868)
• India
16 Sep 12
In your case, your strengths and weaknesses would be a. Honest b. Logical c. Methodical d. Not inclined to provoke or be offensive e. Reasonably aware of everything around you, including latest software and hardware weaknesses a. Talk less Why we should hire you I would hire you because a. There would be no likelihood of differences arising at workplace because you know how to say things the right way b. You are offering your services at almost throwaway price
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
When do I start?
@vandana7 (56868)
• India
17 Sep 12
I wish you get a job soon..
@BarBaraPrz (16858)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
16 Sep 12
Funny you should bring up this subject. I listened to a radio program yesterday that dealt with this. Can't for the life of me remember anything that would help you, though. One thing I do remember is that women and girls are very bad for not giving themselves the credit they deserve. http://www.cbc.ca/dnto/
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Scuse me while I go practice walking on water. :D
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@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
16 Sep 12
I cannot remeber answering questions like the ones you posed. Had very few interviews actually as I was usually asked to take the job. I can chat though and could list my strengths and wealnesses. The weaknesses would be my lack of understanding of accounts although I can input dtata into an acoounting system But can't do big sums Dress well and if you look good then you will respond with more confidence. Make eye contact and smile. Best of luck Dawn
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Yesm...
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@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
16 Sep 12
I am not good at interviews at times either. I am not sure what I do wrong to mess it up! If I am not it is maybe the interviewer didn't like me! I hope to not go through all the things you are going are right now! I hope and pray I will be able to work at the college until I retire or I just can't anymore! I have been paronoid about my job in the past few months. I am sure I and the other kitchen staff are safe now that we went trayless and we are cutting down on food waste! Like me you sound like you are lacking self-confidence. We both need to look on the positive side and not the negative!
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
You might try a practice interview with a friend, maybe they can help...
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• United States
16 Sep 12
Kind of like where is your head at? What will you do for us? How much time out of the year will you take off with out letting us know in advance, how important are we to you? Is the job more important than your children? How far will you go to do what is right? I have many thoughts, my self I could prove my loyalty and devotion to what I believe is true and the right thing to do. I'm glad that I don't have to sell that... But in a way we are always auditioning for a new role each and every day, be it for employment or the love of our loved ones... Think about it just a little, The light comes on quickly, when you know the truth and it makes you smile... Good Luck and keep smiling??? It is sharing your Love, that is what will get you to the next level...
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Heck no it isn't more important that my children! Not by a long shot. lol
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@grkelly (1218)
• Malta
16 Sep 12
Yes that is a common question. The key is to show you believe in yourself and that you have self confidence. Make sure you are honest thoguh, do not invent things. So you can outline strengths such as honesty, team worker, friendly, assertiveness, dedication, time management skills. The weaknesses part is more tricky. I would mention for example being perfectionist. Since perfectionism - too much of it - can end up being a weakness). I wish u gd luck!
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Thanks... Bla... :D
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@alberello (4756)
• Italy
16 Sep 12
Well, I must say that I, at the moment I am not working. And the times of crises in my country, I think for me now it is almost a true utopia find a job, considering the fact that I carry around the burden of disability. But I must say that in job interviews that I did years ago, I knew very express. Despite, however, has never been called to work, I always had the talent to give to me, at first glance, a good impression. I think that it is a natural talent. Each is made in its own way. Anyway, I'm sure, in your case you can improve yourself on this thing.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
I hope.
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@riempie9 (1026)
• South Africa
16 Sep 12
Talking about technology is the hardest part and if you can talk comfortably about it you have an edge over all of us. Doing more training courses is also good. You are upgrading yourself all the time. And they should hire you because you have knowledge and experience and that is what is needed for writing; new information. If you sound uncertain your employer will pick it up. Believe in yourself.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
I haven't upgraded anything in a long time and now it will look like I"m doing it because I"m job hunting, but better than not doing it.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
16 Sep 12
I do not apply to the same types of places you do but I can understand what you mean. When they ask questions like "How do you feel you are qualified to work for us?" or "Describe yourself" I get flustered and not sure what to say. I smile, try to joke, but am honest in saying that I am nervous about those questions, just unsure what to say. I try to focus more on the questions I know how to answer and hope they hire me from that alone.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
Apparently you should keep it short and about professional things, not personal.
• United States
16 Sep 12
Honestly ive never had to deal with those questions but the best way is to assure them that with your experience in the field you are going for and for how long you have done it will make them think that your the right person for the job.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
That's a start, but my job coach thinks I need to show more enthusiasm too.
@ajithlal (14564)
• India
16 Sep 12
I think most probably you should look into net to know more to answer these questions and also from experience people. I think you can answer the questions that you are like the strength of yours like technical stuff, etc. I think most probably if you say things in truthful ways most probably you will get the job.
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Sep 12
I have books that are helping also.
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